In this chapter, I was originally going to introduce a fictitious economic system in Kali’s world that showcased her mother’s financial struggle. I had plans to explore how Vianne was swallowed in debt due to her college loans and Kali’s medical bills. When I decided Vianne would be a young mother, I imagined she dropped out of school to take care of Kali and chose to live a life in a shabby cabin within the mountainside to curb her expenses. On top of the struggle with Kali’s illness, she’d show signs of shame for being unable to be a providing mother. In my mind at the time, this chapter was meant to define Vianne’s character while adding some world-building. Killing two birds with one stone.

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